The fact of the matter is, life is impossible without water. Every living being on this planet needs it to survive, and it helps the body perform its function at full speed.
According to a recent Harvard study, more than half of American children are dehydrated, which can have lifelong repercussions for their health and academic performance.
One-quarter of Children in the U.S. do not drink water on a daily basis, and overall, boys were more than 75% more likely to be inadequately hydrated than girls.
“These findings are significant because they highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past.
Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth.”
Your Body Needs Water for Proper Functioning
Your body is comprised of about 65% water, which is needed for a number of physiological processes and biochemical reactions, including but not limited to:
- Blood Circulation
- Regulation of Body Temperature
- Waste Removal and Detoxification
Once the body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty. Using thirst as a guide to how much water you need to drink is one obvious way to ensure your individual needs met, day-by-day.
Things like juices, teas, energy drinks, coffee, and caffeinated drinks should not be used as water substitutions.
If You Do Not Understand What Your Body is Trying to Say, Here is a Guideline:
- Frequency of Urination
If you are healthy and drink adequate amounts of water you are likely urinating 6-7 times per day. However, this number will vary by individual.
If you urinate 2-3 times a day, consider drinking more water. It is your body telling you that you are not getting enough water.
Insufficient water intake affects the function of the kidneys and leads to severe complications.
- Dry Skin
Having a healthy skin complexion means drinking lots of water. You cannot expect nice and smooth skin if you do not drink water. Keep your skin hydrated! This will prevent dryness, plus you will be amazed at how it feels.
Having dry skin means that you are dehydrated and your skin is screaming for water.
Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches. Dehydration-induced headaches are different than common headaches. Headaches caused by dehydration get more severe as you move.
- Your Mouth is Dry or you are Thirsty
This seems pretty obvious, but the ramifications might not be. Of course, any time you feel that sticky, nasty feeling in your mouth, you would obviously reach for some sort of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucous membranes in your mouth and throat which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after the first sip.
- Dry Eyes
By now it should be clear that drinking water affects more than just your mouth and throat. A lack of water intake leads to dry, bloodshot eyes. Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation, and constipation can be resolved by increasing water intake. If you are not fully hydrated, your body will try to absorb water from wherever it can, including your colon.
A sufficient amount of water will result in easy to pass stools. Naturally, a lack of water will lead to harder stools that are difficult to pass.
Do you ever feel hungry even though you already had your meal? If craving was the first thing that popped in your mind, you are absolutely wrong.
Never confuse hunger with thirst. Instead of going for a bowl of ice cream or that bag of chips reach for a glass of water. If it makes you feel satisfied then it was never hunger at all. It was your body asking you for some water.
Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration :
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Premature aging
- High Cholesterol